The office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) says it is worried over the future deployment of 5th generation technology (5G) in Nigeria because it has the potential to expose the country to espionage.
While appearing before the senate committee on communications on Thursday, Bala Fakandu, director of communications in NSA, said they are concerned with the “vulnerabilities and backdoors within the 5G network equipment.”
Fakandu advised the ministry of communications and digital economy to carry them along in the formulation of the policy that would guide the use of 5G in Nigeria.
“We are concerned about the deliberate vulnerabilities and backdoors within the 5G network equipment,” the director said.
“That is one of the key concerns we have and this will make the infrastructure highly susceptible to eavesdropping, tracking, cyber-attacks, military and industrial espionage and other malicious activities by foreign actors.
The senate resolved to probe the “true status” of 5G in May after there were rumours that the technology caused COVID-19.